Kia ora koutou
It has been very busy at school these past weeks as we have been working through a number of changes to our staffing for 2019. We are very excited to have such talented new staff coming on board to compliment our current practice and work alongside us to help our tamariki to grow and succeed. We believe that we have put together some fabulous combinations of talent, new teachers with existing teachers, and we have some teachers moving around our teams too. This enables teachers to share the experiences and learning that teachers in different teams have gained with others and to enable all of our teachers to continue to learn from one another.
In 2019 our roll is expected to be slightly bigger next year than this year, and we have decided to go back to having five distinct teams again. This means that our NE team will be called Koru, and our Year 1/2 team will take on again the name of Kahikatea (a name that they had about 3 years ago before we combined the teams).
The Pōhutukawa (Year 5/6) team will be our biggest team in 2019 so they will be moving over to Parenga next to the Year 7/8 Kauri team (where the Year 3/4 Kōwhai Team are currently). This will allow them to utilise the three classrooms of Kōmanawa and Hangere as break out spaces. Kōwhai (Y3/4) will move into the space in Tahaki currently occupied by the Pōhutkawa Team.
This map may help!
2019 learning spaces:
On Monday this week, at our Staff Only Day, we were fortunate to have our new staff for 2019 join us. Each 2019 team spent the day working together, beginning to learn about the strengths and opportunities that their new team will be able to offer the children.
In 2019 we are hoping to keep our Teaching Assistants (previously called Teacher Aides more linked with one team in 2019 so that they too can build strong relationships with the teachers and the children in the team, and their strengths can be utilised to their potential.
We are excited to introduce you to the teams for 2019:
Koru Team - New Entrants
|Elizabeth Drummond, Sue Leadbetter (Team Leader), Stacey McLachlan, Jo Smith|
Kahikatea Team (Year 1/2/3)
|Paul McKinnel (Teaching Assistant), Jeanette Amies (Teaching Assistant), Jules May, Kristika Burridge, |
Anna Reid, Amber Donovan (Team Leader), Charlotte Verity
Kōwhai Team (Year 3/4)
|Paulette Newton (Team Leader), Rowena Barker, Kate Swann, Nick Bruce|
(Teaching Assistant yet to be confirmed)
Pōhutukawa Team (Year 5/6)
|Rae Smith, Steve Cooke, Katie McFarlane|
Pip Wareing (Teaching Assistant), Gayle McNaughton, Tracy Inwood (Team Leader),
Kerilea Quinn (Teaching Assistant)
Kauri Team (Year 7/8)
|Anne Chin (Teaching Assistant), Chris Stace (Teaching Assistant), Tamsin Hardwick (Teaching Assistant), Jenny Diggle, Nicky Dunlop (Team Leader), Megan Culver, Hannah Elliott, Cath Barrie|
We are currently finalising the home groups for 2019, ensuring that they are balanced within each team. Some teams have already begun a transition process for children - visiting the new hubs that they will be learning in next year, and getting to know teachers around the school who are not currently so familiar to them. This will continue over the remaining weeks of the term. We understand that for some of our learners, change can be a time of heightened uncertainty, so our goal is to smooth this journey as much as possible over the next three weeks.
Ngā mihi nui
Principal - Tumuaki
Mon 10 Dec -
Kauri production. 7 - 8pmWed 12 Dec
- Kauri production. 7 - 8pmFri 14 Dec
- Final Celebration Assembly. 9:30 - 10:30am in the school hallThu 19 Dec
- Year 8 Leavers' assembly and luncheonThu 20 Dec
- last day of term 4. School finishes at 12:30pm
Term DatesClick here to view 2018 and 2019 term dates
Library Stock Take December Monday 10
It is time to look under your beds, in your closets, your school desk, behind cupboards and dark places to get those books back to the school library BEFORE December 10.
2019 Student Leaders:
Earlier this month we interviewed Year 7 students who applied for House Captain and Student Council Exec positions for 2019. We had 30 people applying and the group interviews saw fabulous attitudes and ideas. Actually, the whole year has been a bit of an 'extended interview', as we have watched how the children responded in a wide range of situations.
Our current Year 7 cohort has an interesting gender distribution, with 18 boys and 41 girls. 3/4 of the people applying for positions were girls. This year we have decided to move away from our traditional approach of having one boy and one girl as captains/deputies of each house.
Being selected as a House Captain means that students may need to change house for your Year 8 year.
House Captains for 2019:
Deputy House Captains for 2019:
Student Council Exec:
Chairperson: Lucy Gray
Secretary: Paolo Reid
Treasurer: Helena Sice
Te Reo Champion (new role):
One area our school will be giving more attention to in 2019 is the use of Te reo Māori in a simple and integrated way, so that whānau, staff and students can learn and use it together. Our Te Reo Champion will play a pivotal role in supporting us all to make this happen.
We have many more leadership positions that will be sorted at the beginning of the school year in 2019.
The rain poured for the duration of the Canterbury Triathlon at Pegasus this week. Extremely undesirable conditions for a swim, bike and run but this added challenge did not deter our competitors nor did it dampen the smiles. We are incredibly proud of the determination and physical endurance of our six competitors from Years 5 to 8.
(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)
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